FAI receives advance payments from Uefa to meet debt commitments

Uefa's finance director agreed to release funding to the FAI in order to aid the association's struggles against debt related to Aviva Stadium
The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has received advance payments from Uefa, the European governing body has confirmed.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Uefa's finance director Jan Koller revealed that the governing body had agreed to advance "certain solidarity payments" to the FAI so that the Irish association could meet debt commitments related to the Aviva Stadium.

"It is a really difficult situation, because of the economic crisis, and we said 'Okay, we can advance certain solidarity payments'," said Koller.

The FAI is believed to have received early financial aid from Uefa's 'HatTrick' fund. Koller explained that Uefa met with the FAI's main creditors, Danske Bank, in March 2013 in order to provide clarity on the situation.

He said: "Danske felt very comfortable to have somebody from Uefa there, especially the finance director. It was really worthwhile to explain to Danske how important this is for us."

Ireland's governing body has a reported debt of €50 million linked with the construction of the Aviva Stadium. When contacted, no one from the FAI was available to comment.